Tanzania

A Land of Contrasts

Tanzania is a land of contrasts situated in East Africa, just south of the equator. It is where the expansive wilderness of the Serengeti, and its bustling plains, lies and is home to the famous snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the African continent.

Set between the tropical Indian Ocean and the two arms of the Great Rift Valley, Tanzania is one of the Africa’s most scenically beautiful countries.

An unparalleled one quarter of its land has been set aside for conservation purposes and wildlife viewing with some of the best game parks on the continent.

It is the cradle of mankind for it was here in the Oldupai Gorge, that Dr Luis Leakey and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilised remains of homo habilis, or a 'handy man' calculated to be 1.75 million years old and the forerunner of modern man.

It is home to diverse and vibrant cultures and home to the Big 5.

Tanzania is also the stage for the great wildebeest migration which plays out partly on the vast plains of Serengeti, one of the wonders of the natural world. Each year over 3 million wildebeest, 1.5 million zebras, a fair number of gazelles searching for a better grazing areas and water. This is our planet’s largest and longest overland movement of animals.

To the south east of the Serengeti lies a wildlife treasure trove hidden in the volcanically-rich and fertile soil of the Ngorongoro Crater, home to an extraordinary selection of wildlife.

Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park offer wild, off-the-beaten track game viewing in unforgettable spectacular setting.

Further east and beyond the coastline are Africa’s own spice islands. With a culture stemming merge with Swahili and Arab influences, the palm frond-littered shorelines, pearly-white sands and spice-rich markets of Pemba island or the mystery around famous stone town. ​The island itself is just six degrees south of the equator and 35 km off the cost of Tanzania’s mainland. It is the perfect place to relax after your African safari.

Big-tusked elephant, Tanzania

Tanzania Highlights

  • Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro.
  • The great Serengeti ecosystem, setting of the great migration.
  • The largest and only intact caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Home to a variety of different tribes and cultural diversity.
  • The islands of the Zanzibar archipelago are within easy reach of the mainland with flights and ferries departing daily.
  • Three of Africa’s great lakes line Tanzania’s borders.
  • Africa’s largest freshwater lake; Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa/Malawi.
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